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Exploring Katannabis – Add A Koan

18 Jul

I supplement my daily Katannabis (the combination of Kata-Rx and medical cannabis) with the use of a koan. (See Endnote # 1)   In my practice I do not restrict myself to traditional koans. I include philosophical concepts, quotes and other such mind-benders. A few of my personal favorites are from Dante’s Divine Comedy, especially, Inferno. One passage in particular is from Canto III which I love paring with the opening sequence of Seienchin Kata. I find that this passage nicely meshes with the breathing and movement of that set of three sequences.

You can see the surreal pairing in the video below. This video is of the first sequence, I repeat in for the next two sequences of the kata.

I find my Katannabis meditation experiences allow me to live a fulfilled, complete life in the manner in which, I believe, human life was intended to do. If you have a pure heart and open spirit, you too can embark on a Katannabis meditation practice. Is it easy? No, nothing worthy is. Will it enlighten you? Absolutely, but remember enlightenment isn’t unicorns and roses, it often involves a cold slap in the face.

You can learn My Kata-Rx to use in your Katannabis ritual meditation using this safe, convenient link to my online school: https://kata-rx.teachable.com/p/preview-kata-as-moving-meditation The course is FREE! 

Enjoy your Kata-Rx and Katannabis,

Sensei John Szmitkowski

1. For those of you not familiar with a koan, the general definition is 

a paradoxical anecdote or riddle, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and to provoke enlightenment.

A classic example is the question, “What is the sound of one hand clapping?”

For me, the meditation and contemplation of such traditional koans are unsatisfactory, unfulfilling and unenlightening. I prefer something less esoteric to meditate on. One of my favorites is shown in the above video.

Welcome Back From Summer Vacation

23 Aug
Summer. At the Issho Dojo, summer was a quiet time. Due to vacation schedules, the student body would diminish for the two and a half months of New Jersey’s summer season. After Labor Day, the corps of students would return to full strength and be augmented by new students seeking to learn the secrets of Goshin-Do Karate-Do.
I have learned that the same is true for the readership of my blog. With summer upon us, people turn away from their laptops in favor of experiences outdoors in nature. This is a good thing. Now that summer winds down and readership levels are returning to normal, I will once again begin to post substantive articles that explore the means by which Karate-Do physical protocols and martial ideology enhance daily life.
With that in mind, I want to post the within as a “Welcome Back” banner to my faithful readers. Below is a Canto from Dante’s Divine Comedy.
Through me you enter the woeful city,
Through me you enter eternal grief
Through me you enter among the lost.
Justice moved my High Maker:
The Divine Power made Me.
The Supreme Wisdom and the Primal Love.
Before Me nothing was created
If not eternal and eternal I endure
Abandon every hope, You who enter.
These words of obscure color I saw inscribed over a portal; wherein I said: “Master, their meaning is hard for me.” and he to me as one who understands,”Here let all cowardice be dead….” and when he placed his hand on mine, with a cheerful look from which I took comfort, HE LED ME AMONG THE SECRET THINGS.
I hung the Canto in the Issho Dojo not as the a-typical warning for which the Canto is known for. Rather, I displayed the Canto as a means of reminding the students that they embark upon a journey into heretofore unknown aspects of themselves as individuals, the so-called “secret things” referred to in the Canto. The mechanism by which the journey was undertaking within the confines of the Issho Dojo is the sometimes hellish dictates of Goshin-Do Karate-Do.  

The Torii Symbolizes a path or journey. Shinmei Torii at Benton Shrine, Kamakura, Kanagawa Perfecture.

The mechanism of this secret journey in terms of this blog is the many lessons of the Issho-Dojo as articulated by the art of Goshin-Do Karate-Do. In the spirit of my Sensei, Thomas DeFelice, Ku-Dan (9th Degree Black belt), Menkyo Kaiden, through the mechanism of this blog, I offer this secret journey to you. Discover yourself, if you dare.
So, now that summer is over, WELCOME BACK, to all my faithful regular readers, the journey once again begins. New articles begin after Labor Day.


Sensei John Szmitkowski, Soke, Jiriki Kata-Do


1. Alighieri, Dante, The Divine Comedy, Inferno, Canto III

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